Woman, 81, hit by police van in Exeter

Police van collision scene
Image caption The police van was not on an emergency call

An 81-year-old woman is in a serious condition in hospital after being hit by a police van in Exeter.

The unmarked Ford van collided with the pedestrian at about 07:30 GMT in Heavitree Road.

The vehicle was not on an emergency call and the driver was not injured, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Police said their Serious Collision Unit was carrying out an investigation and the Independent Police Complaints Commission was being informed.

The woman, who was using a wheeled walking frame, was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment.

The van's bonnet and windscreen were damaged in the collision.

The woman's next of kin have been told, police said.

The Exeter incident is the third in a month involving pedestrians and a Devon and Cornwall Police vehicle.

A marked force Ford Focus was in a collision with an Audi driven by a woman in her 40s in Reservoir Road, Elburton, on the outskirts of Plymouth on Tuesday.

The woman, who lived locally, was taken to the city's Derriford Hospital as a precaution.

Another woman suffered serious leg injuries when she was crushed against a police car in Tavistock on 18 December by another vehicle.

The woman, from the Plymouth area, was pinned against the stationary police vehicle by a Volvo on Watts Road.

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